Last night in my Social Venture Capital class, my professor said something that I found interesting. With regard to requirement of many social VCs for their portfolio companies to make market comparable returns, he explained it as the following:
We want to develop a track record for these ventures so that they can show traditional investors later on that they are robust enough for their capital to scale up even further.
I find this rationale interesting as I have traditionally believed that Social VCs should sacrifice returns in order to widen the range of companies they can invest in for the social impact. However, when focusing on long-term scalability of such ventures, this alternative approach does seem intriguing.
What are your thoughts on this?